Former Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath reacts to a public denigration of women in the military, and argues that these women served and died for freedom and criticizing their abilities hurts the country’s readiness
- Business Insider
A majority of CEOs say Biden's proposed corporate tax hike could undo the economic gains from Trump's cuts
Executives surveyed by the conservative Business Roundtable overwhelmingly opposed the proposed increase, even as others like Amazon support it.
- Christian Science Monitor
Good morning! Welcome to your Monday, April 12, 2021, sunrise briefing. Here are three news events - a blackout in Iran, GOP disunity, and British film awards - this past weekend (while you may have been planting arborvitae trees, grilling shrimp, and enjoying an offline life). Also, what to look for in the news this week.
- Associated Press
A Taliban spokesman said Monday the religious militia won’t attend a peace conference tentatively planned for later this week in Turkey, putting U.S. efforts to get a peace plan anytime soon in jeopardy. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken previously said he wanted to see a peace agreement between Afghanistan’s warring sides finalized at a conference hosted by Turkey and attended by top officials from both the Taliban and the Afghan government. Afghan government, U.S. and Turkish officials had said they intended to begin the conference Friday.
The ITV show has hooked up with the dating app to find this summer's hopeful singletons.
- Charlotte Observer
Matt Rhule did not name Sam Darnold the team’s starting quarterback during Monday’s virtual press conference.
- Business Insider
Biden's dog Major is reportedly getting 'additional training' to help him adjust to the White House after biting people twice
Major, a three-year-old rescue dog, has been involved in two separate incidents in the White House during Biden's presidency.
LONDON (Reuters) -The death of Prince Philip has left a huge void for his wife Queen Elizabeth and Britain has lost its "grandfather", his son Prince Andrew said on Sunday, as tributes poured in and the royals thanked the public for its support. Andrew joined his siblings Charles, Anne and Edward in saying they had taken strength from the outpouring of affection and would rally around their mother in her time of grief. Andrew called his father a "remarkable man" after he left a private church service in Windsor, near where Philip died on Friday aged 99.
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As part of eight days of national mourning, people gathered at royal palaces to leave flowers.While religious and political leaders expressed support for the 94-year-old queen, the world's oldest and longest-reigning monarch.Her husband Prince Philip, who was officially known as the Duke of Edinburgh, died at Windsor Castle on Friday. He was 99. At Canterbury Cathedral on Sunday (April 11), Justin Welby, leader of the global Anglican Communion, said the fact the prince had lived to within two months of his 100th birthday - did not soften the blow for those who had loved him. “Loss is loss. For each person it is felt individually and reaches into the heart variously. We cannot ever know how others feel, nor do two people feel the same. It is simply lost. Some bear it apparently easily, for others it is crushing."Buckingham Palace have said the funeral would be held on Saturday April 17.Marked with long-established plans redrawn and scaled down because of COVID-19 restrictions.There will be no public processions, and it will be held entirely within the grounds of Windsor Castle and limited to 30 mourners.Prince Harry will return from the US but his wife Meghan, who is pregnant with their second child, will not, on her doctor's advice.A topic of much discussion among mourners in Windsor."Harry should come back. Meghan, I think, okay, she's got her own issues with the monarchy, but you know Harry I think should be there for his grandfather.” “I think Meghan should come with him to support him, try and show some unity. Part of me understands why she's not coming back, but I think that's a mistake.”It will be Harry's first trip back to the UK since an explosive interview last month given by the couple to Oprah Winfrey.Officials say they hope the occasion will help reunite the family and rebuild ties.
- The Daily Beast
iprogressman/GettyBeauty is both in the eye of the beholder, and in the interest of our environmental well-being and safety. As other industries, including fashion and tech, have worked on becoming more sustainable, so are beauty companies. A recent study by Whole Foods that showed a handful of beauty trends for the year had upcycled beauty and other eco-friendly beauty trends as top trends for this year.Upcycling, as defined by upcycledbeauty.com, involves the reuse of discarded materials or objects in such a way as to create a product of higher quality or value than the original. Companies like Full Circle have committed themselves to accessing plant-based by-products and upcycling them into new cosmetic ingredients.‘Toxic Beauty’ Reveals the Hidden Poisons in Cosmetics—and the Legal Battles to Expose ThemThings that were once considered waste have are becoming more common for beauty ingredients including coffee grounds, banana peels, and plum kernels. Repurposing food has become one of the biggest components to upcycled beauty products, and companies are making efficient use of plant-based waste. One person’s trash is another person’s beauty regimen; take “ugly” bananas for example.Shirly Billot, founder of organic skincare brand Kadalys, sought to drive change by addressing the banana industry, which is the largest private employer in Martinique, a small island with few natural resources.“The banana industry makes Martinique less dependent on tourism and the exportation of rum and sugar cane,” Billot said. “Without the banana industry, containers would go back to France empty, and I saw this as a possibility for change. Bananas also represent an opportunity to be more sustainable given the number of “ugly” or single bananas that are discarded every year.”Globally, 22 million tons of bananas are thrown away each year, representing 20 percent of the world’s banana production, virtually the equivalent of 2178 Eiffel Towers.Billot chose to focus on food waste because according to Project Drawdown, a nonprofit organization staffed by leading researchers who studied ways to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reducing food waste has the potential to reduce global carbon emissions by 87.45 to 94.56 gigatons.Reducing food waste also avoids the deforestation of additional farmland, preventing 74.9 to 76.3 gigatons of additional emissions. Tackling and reducing food waste is ranked as the third in the top ten solutions to reverse climate change, which is why Billot believes the circular economy approach of upcycling food into beauty is so beneficial.“We save unsellable bananas to build a circular economy for the future,” Billot said. “From the farm to the supermarket, we address every key waste point. We support all Martinique’s farmers in collecting and creating added value from waste and we educate our consumers by creating campaigns that celebrate ‘ugly bananas’ and how to recycle, so we’re having a big impact on the environment.”After Whole Foods found how popular upcycling would be, the retailer began increasing upcycled products in its stores. The company’s global beauty buyer, Amy Jargo, says that Whole Foods is always on the hunt for innovative products that align with their values. One brand that caught Jargo’s eye and is currently available at Whole Foods is UpCircle, a company that bestows a new lease on life to used coffee grounds.“I love the UpCircle Face Serum made with oil from repurposed coffee grounds,” Jargo said. “The oil is packed with great ingredients like sea buckthorn oil and rosehip oil to help skin appear more hydrated and firm. The subtle coffee fragrances also help me wake up in the morning.”To create their products, UpCircle collects coffee grounds from a portfolio of artisanal cafes. They specifically want used coffee grounds because the antioxidants in coffee increase as they are brewed.Jargo is working to ensure that Whole Foods continues expanding its upcycled product offerings, because she sees the beauty in bringing new life to ingredients that would have otherwise been discarded.“I would love to see more brands using upcycled ingredients, considering alternatives to plastic packaging, and providing supply chain transparency,” Jargo said. “It is important that brands also make these products accessible to customers, so that they can easily choose to incorporate products that could have an impact beyond just their routines.”Brands that have long been committed to sustainability are currently exploring how to incorporate upcycled ingredients in their products. Versed, a vegan, cruelty-free skincare brand has been sustainably minded since their inception from recyclable packaging to fuel-efficient shipping methods. They have recently begun in looking in to how they could make this happen with their manufacturers. While their first official upcycled products are far out as they work on getting formulation right, in the meantime, the company has worked on educating the beauty industry and consumers on sustainable minded practices and the future of trends like upcycling.“The biggest thing I’ve seen in the beauty community is people wanting to know more,” Devon Hopp, brand director of Versed, said. “That’s what leads a lot of beauty trends, and you see that especially with sustainably minded beauty brands. Ingredient sourcing is a big thing that consumers want to know more about and understand where ingredients come from, so sourcing will be a huge focus for beauty brands.”Despite the increase in more brands trending toward upcycled ingredients, the lack of inclusivity in the upcycled beauty space is proving to be an issue in growing the movement. Lesley Thornton, founder of Klur Botanics, one of just a handful of Black-owned sustainable beauty brands, prides herself on local and domestic sourcing. Her products use ingredients like avocado and tomato seed oil made from food waste. In addition to her firm beliefs in sustainable sourcing practices, Thornton says the sustainable and upcycled beauty movement needs to work on diversifying to properly address these issues. There is a broader range of people who believe in upcycled beauty products created through reducing food waste than general marketing departments think they are.“The movement and these companies need to address their inclusivity issues,” she said. “The movement values whiteness over science, facts, and data. The green and sustainable beauty space is very small, and it has to take a look at itself and be more inclusive. These issues of upcycling and clean beauty aren’t just important to white women and cisgender people, and more people need to be invited to these conversations. When we’re all invited to the table, then a real shift for upcycling and sustainability can take place.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
- Associated Press
The attack on Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility is casting a major shadow over Tuesday’s resumption of indirect talks between the U.S. and Iran over resurrection of the international accord limiting Iran's nuclear program. Neither Iran nor the U.S. say the incident will crater the negotiations.
- Associated Press
Princes William and Harry paid tribute Monday to their grandfather, Prince Philip, remembering his wit, sense of duty and barbecue skills. The brothers, who are at the center of a royal family rift, issued separate statements about Philip, who died last week at 99. Prince Harry, who stepped away from royal duties last year and now lives in California, has arrived in the U.K. to attend Philip's funeral service Saturday at Windsor Castle.
- Business Insider
The retreat offered candidates coveted opportunities to mingle with donors and GOP leaders like former President Donald Trump.
- The Independent
‘We cannot in good conscience provide economic support to a government that enacts regressive voting laws’
Asian stocks markets were broadly positive Tuesday after China's exports grew at a strong pace during March and imports rebounded giving investors heart that domestic demand is improving as part of the recovery from the pandemic. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was trading up 0.4% Tuesday after opening up less than 0.1% higher. In Australia, the S&P/ASX200 bucked the regional trend and was flat while Japan's Nikkei rose 1.1% in the afternoon session.
- Business Insider
As President Biden pushes for his $2 trillion infrastructure bill, the White House singled out states like New Jersey with a D+ grade.
- Business Insider
Tucker Carlson is repeatedly using his platform to downplay white supremacy and violence, critics say
Experts say Carlson's bid to portray white nationalism as part of a liberal plot feeds the prejudices of his fans and gives the GOP an easy ride.
- Associated Press
Nearly a year after President Donald Trump ordered thousands of troops to leave Germany, capping a series of setbacks for U.S. relations with major allies, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Monday began an inaugural tour of Europe to shore up partnerships that are a cornerstone of the post-World War II order. Austin arrived in Berlin against the backdrop of a newly emerging crisis with Iran, which on Monday blamed Israel for a recent attack on its underground Natanz nuclear facility. Israel has not confirmed or denied involvement, but the attack nonetheless imperils ongoing talks in Europe over Tehran’s tattered nuclear deal.
- The Independent
Britt Reid: Ex-Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach charged over crash that left 5-year-old with brain injury
Britt Reid, the former assistant coach for the Kansas City Chiefs, has been charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) over the crash that put a 5-year-old girl in a coma and left her with traumatic brain injury. Mr Reid was allegedly driving with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.113, over the legal limit of 0.08, at the time of the 4 February crash, according to the Jackson County prosecutors office. In announcing the charges, prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said Mr Reid “acted with criminal negligence by driving at an excessive rate of speed”.
- Associated Press
President Joe Biden has selected two former senior National Security Agency officials for key cyber jobs in his administration, the White House said Monday in moving to fill out a team whose role has grown more urgent after two major hacks that have consumed the government's attention. Chris Inglis, a former NSA deputy director, is being nominated as the government's first national cyber director. Jen Easterly, a former deputy for counterterrorism at the NSA, has been tapped to run the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency at the Department of Homeland Security.
- The Daily Beast
ITV NewsIt’s been a long, cold, lonely winter in England.So, as four months of a nationwide lockdown finally came to an end, nothing was going to stop people from enjoying a refreshing pint of beer at the crack of dawn on a Monday morning—not even driving rain, freezing temperatures, and some pretty unseasonal snowfall.Pubs started serving outdoors again as part of a reopening plan that also covers indoor gym sessions, swimming pools, non-essential shops, beauty salons, and, for those who have been gagging to see some sad animals, zoos. Prime Minister Boris Johnson had urged people to “behave responsibly” with their new freedoms but didn’t explicitly say they shouldn’t get drunk in the snow before having breakfast.One pub in the town of Huddersfield was swamped when it opened at the stroke of midnight. “We didn’t even know if anyone was going to come,” said the pub landlord fittingly named Ian Snowball. “It’s in Huddersfield, it’s midnight, it’s freezing cold—but look, everyone has come.”If you thought you were starting early today… 🍻These drinkers in Huddersfield braved the snow to enjoy a beer garden pint at midnight ❄️https://t.co/UASiR7bXEv pic.twitter.com/i2O79eocSR— BBC Breakfast (@BBCBreakfast) April 12, 2021 One drinker commented matter-of-factly: “It was snowing earlier but I was still going to come out, I just put my coat on.” Another, sitting in a thick jacket next to an icy-looking gin and tonic, made the fair point: “After 14 months of not going anywhere, except funerals, it’s a great place.”Sky News reported that 50 pub-goers headed to the Fox On The Hill pub in south London this morning. The most emotional was perhaps Tony Blake, 59, who gushed to the news network: “I am so happy that it’s open again, it’s unbelievable, I’m so happy.” Student Sasha Carrington, 19, said she planned to stay there for the entire freezing cold day, explaining: “We’ve got our layers on, thermals, we’re going to stay outside.”Pippa Ingram, 51, and Sue Bell, 55, celebrated a chilly seaside pint in Kent, with Ingram describing her first sip in detail. “Absolutely delicious,” she said. “It’s not gonna last long at all! That is banging.” Back in Huddersfield, in footage timestamped at 8:17 a.m., a woman identified only as Sandy was seen having pints with her friends, and she told Good Morning Britain: “It’s not that cold after a while when you’ve sat in the sun.”As pub gardens reopen from today, @NickDixonITV talks to some people who have enjoyed a pint since 8am this morning.They discuss how happy they are to be back in pub gardens following the lockdown.Watch GMB 👉 https://t.co/6iQ6ebeOEQ pic.twitter.com/W0yAai1tGD— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) April 12, 2021 One pub in Coventry appears to have taken things slightly too far. Videos posted online showed more than 100 people lining the street outside the Oak Inn after it publicized its grand plans to open a massive outdoor space with heaters, marquees, and blankets. The pub is now under investigation for its “unmanageable amounts of visitors.”But, largely, the grand reopening has been welcomed as a major landmark—particularly following the success of Britain’s vaccine rollout, which has many hoping that there won’t be another lockdown. Nicholas Hair, landlord of the Kentish Belle in southeast London, told BBC News that there was a “sense of celebration” in the country, adding, “I’m hoping this is a sort of rebirth, and that we’re reopen for the foreseeable.”As for Boris himself, government sources confirmed that the prime minister received a long-awaited haircut on Monday—but his planned trip to the pub has been canceled out of respect for the late Prince Philip.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.